[StBernard] List of the unidentified dead

Westley Annis westley at da-parish.com
Sun Dec 17 21:14:32 EST 2006

Editor's note: I counted 4 or 5 bodies from St. Bernard Parish.

List of the unidentified dead

Hurricane Katrina claimed more than 1,300 lives in Louisiana. Fifteen months
after the storm, 30 bodies remain unidentified, including one recovered just
this month. Most were found weeks after the storm and were badly decomposed.

A few have tentative IDs, but without known living relatives cannot be
positively identified via DNA. For the others, all that's known with any
degree of certainty is the clothes and objects that accompanied them to
their death. Even the addresses where they came to rest are approximate;
sometimes bodies floated hundreds of feet, and field notes were not always

Here is a list of the unidentified dead, in the order they were recovered:

_White woman. Found Sept. 3, 2005, on the Superdome loading dock. 4-foot-9.
Between 25 and 40 years old. Wearing skirt, brown hose, black shoes and
"Bourbon Street" T-shirt. Wrapped in a pink blanket. No teeth. Abdominal

_Black man. Found Sept. 10, 2005, under Interstate 10 at Elysian Fields. Age
unknown. 6 feet tall. Long black hair. One Nike shoe, Nike workout pants.
Back brace. Catheter attached to 250-cc bag, for urine disposal.

_Black man. Found Sept. 11, 2005, outside 2011 LaHarpe St. 5-foot-11. Over
50. Beard and mustache. Tattoo on chest, "Mother Love."

_Black man. Found Sept. 11, 2005, at Bullard Avenue and Chef Menteur
Highway. 5-foot-7. Over 45. Short black hair. Cutty Sark key chain, two
pocket knives, two door keys. Dark blue pants.

_Black man. Found Sept. 11, 2005, near Rim Rock Auto. 5-foot-8. Over 45. Red
bandanna around neck. Dodge Ram pickup key chain. Red long-sleeved shirt.
Blue pants. Boots.

_White woman. Found Sept. 12, 2005, inside house at 1208 Mehle St., Arabi.
5-foot-2. Over 60. Found wearing Padre Pio necklace.

_Man, race unknown. Found Sept. 12, 2005, on South Claiborne. Cracked skull.
Healed rib fracture. Over 40. Tattoo on left arm, "Susan." One orange comb.
Winn-Dixie card. Red-and-blue plaid shirt. Wrangler jeans. Hightop shoes.

_Black woman. Found Sept. 12, 2005, in yard next to 2709 S. Prieur St.
4-foot-6. Over 50. Two curlers in her hair. Knee brace. Single earring with
initials "RMJ." Blue T-shirt, colorful skirt. One handkerchief with
white-and-blue paisley design.

_Black man. Found Sept. 13, 2005, in yard of 2519 Delachaise. 6-foot-1. 30
to 55. Rubber band on right wrist. Several tattoos, including one of a
person holding shield, or else a heart. Gray plaid shirt. Blue slacks.
Laced-up boots. Keys.

_Black man. Found Sept. 14, 2005. Location unknown. 5-foot-3. Over 30. Bushy
beard and mustache. Jeans held up with a rope belt. Striped T-shirt. Nine

_Black man. Time and place of pickup unknown. 5-foot-8. 30 to 60.
Black-handled scissors. Denim jeans. Red sweatshirt.

_Human hand. Found Sept. 15, 2005, on the ground at Miro Street and Orleans
Avenue. Left hand. No nail polish. Possibly male. Race unknown.

_Black man. Found Sept. 15, 2005, near Almonaster Bridge. 5-foot-7. Over 45.
Rod in lower right leg, including four pins and screws. Tattoo on right
shoulder says "Joy Pride." Multiple other tattoos, including one on right
thigh which says "Lillie," encircled by flowers and a heart. Jeans and denim

_White man. One of two found around Sept. 16, 2005, inside 224 De La Ronde,
Chalmette. Over 65. 6 feet tall. $60 in pocket. Wearing shirt with pattern
of red roses on a single stem. Tattoo of sailing ship on right shoulder.
Tentative ID: Keistut Pranckunas.

White man. Two of two found around Sept. 16, 2005 inside 224 De La Ronde,
Chalmette. Over 65. 6-foot-1. Naked. With him, one packet of Sweet-n-Low.
Tentative ID: Peter Pranckunas.

_White woman. Found Sept. 19, 2005, outside fence line of 605 Norton Ave.,
Arabi. 5-foot-4. Over 50. Petite, with slim bones. Long brown hair. Naked.

_White man. Found Sept. 21, 2005, face down on porch opposite 6216 Lafaye
St. 5-foot-7. Over 50. Beard and mustache. Wearing swimming trunks with

_White woman. Found Sept. 21, 2005, at 609 Community St., Arabi. 5-foot-3.
Over 45. Scar on abdomen. Necklace with Joseph Kohn high school signet.
Naked. Wrapped in hospital sheet.

_Black woman. Found Sept. 22, 2005, in back room of 5916 N. Galvez St.
5-foot-3. Over 60. No bottom teeth. Wearing girdle and Vinezzi brand shirt.
On shirt, three buttons shaped like white fish, or sea shells. Navy slacks.
Yellow, wireframe bifocal glasses.

_Black man. Found Oct. 9, 2005, outside at Forstall Street and North Prieur.
6-foot-4. Age between 28 to 35 years old. T-shirt says: "Summer Fun.
Remember to donate blood to Tenet Regional Blood Bank." Slacks. Brown tennis
shoes. Key chain of a tiger wearing a helmet, Louisiana State University

_Black man. Found Feb. 17, 2006, on Highway 90. Intermediate build. Height
unknown. 40s. Wearing a plaid shirt and blue T-shirt. Socks.

_Black woman. Found March 19, 2006, inside collapsed house at 2400 Tupelo
Street. Height unknown. Over 65. Wearing underpants and a camisole. Pink
plastic flower found near her.

_Skull and mandible of a black man. Found March 20, 2006, inside a plastic
grocery bag, placed on top of rubble pile outside 4110 Dale St. Between 35
to 50 years old. No height.

_White man. Found April 6, 2006, inside 2106 Mirabeau Ave. 5-foot-7. 200
pounds. Over 65. Two wallets with multiple IDs. Key rings. Watch. Had on
tank top T-shirt, striped, button-up shirt. Dockers brand pants. Boots.

_Probable male. Mixed race. Found June 21, 2006, in a wooded area near
Behrman Highway and Texas Drive. Height unknown. Skeletonized and mummified.
Age between 17 and 25 years old. Small build. Has Caucasian, black and Asian
features. No clothing. Wig found near body. Wig had long dark brown and dyed
red hair.

_White woman. Found July 31, 2006, inside 6144 S. Laverne St. Only skeleton
remained. No personal effects.

_Sex and race unknown. Found Nov. 29, 2006, in yard near St. Maurice Avenue
and North Robertson Street during demolition of nearby house.

_Black man. Died in Baton Rouge hospital after evacuating from New Orleans.
Buried in Iberville Parish cemetery, later exhumed. 5-foot-8. Over 65.
Wearing hospital gown.

_Black man. Time and place of pickup unknown. 6-foot-1. Over 49. Wearing
blue boxers and white T-shirt.

_White man. Time and place of pickup unknown. 5-foot-6. Over 50. Naked.
Short gray hair and beard.

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